2012-03-15 / Local & State

Brush Fire Burns 30 Acres At Pa.’s Horseshoe Curve

Pa. (AP) – Emergency crews say a brush fire claimed about 30 acres near the Horseshoe Curve National Historic Center near Altoona.

The Altoona Mirror reports Sunday’s fire was reported about 2 p.m. and required about 60 firefighters to extinguish.

Crews say a lack of snow has left fallen leaves and other vegetation less damp and packed down that normal, so that it burned more readily. The crews used chain saws and leaf blowers to clear fire breaks that were used to contain the fire.

Eventually, a bulldozer was able to cut a fire break about 50 feet above the fire on a hillside. Firefighters then set a back fire to burn up any fuel between the break and the rising fire, which was moving at a rate of about 300 feet per hour.

Nobody was injured in the incident.

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